Visiting Painshill Park this Christmas

Painshill Park is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the year. It’s somewhere I have been visiting since I was a child, with such fond memories of going along with my family but also on school trips.

Visiting Painshill Park this Christmas

More recently, I’ve taken my own children along, walking around the lake together, enjoying picnics in the summer and loving the wildlife and landscape of Painshill that changes through the seasons.

What is Painshill Park?

Painshill is simply a masterpiece of garden design. It was originally created in the 18th century by Charles Hamilton as a living painting, inviting you to walk around a work of art full of calming waters and stunning views.

Painshill is thought of as one of the finest examples of the English Landscape Movement, a style of landscape design that has been described as Britain’s greatest contribution to the visual arts. Painshill is a fantastic day out for all the family, full of history, adventure and fun. 

Visiting Painshill Park this Christmas

Located in Cobham, Surrey, Painshill is easily accessible from the local area as well as further afield and there’s plenty of car parking on site as well as tea rooms, a play area and trails to explore. 

You may recognise Painshill from TV and film. I spot it often in so many things – from Bridgerton to Married at First Sight – and it’s easy to see why it would be chosen as a backdrop to so many shows. It’s a stunning place to visit.

Visiting Painshill Park this Christmas

Painshill Park at Christmas

Painshill Park at Christmas is as you would expect any outdoor attraction. It’s cold, crisp but beautiful. With accessible pathways and so much to see, Painshill park is open all year round and it’s one of our favourite places to visit in the gap between Christmas and New Year as well as in the run up to Christmas. 

Painshill Park Father Christmas

This year you can’t see Father Christmas at Painshill Park, there isn’t a Christmas grotto at Painshill this Christmas. But, there are still so many festive activities to take part in or to give you an excuse to visit somewhere wonderful over the festive season.

Painshill Christmas events and experiences

Alice in Wonderland Trail

Help the white rabbit find Alice at Painshill’s Alice in Wonderland Trail this winter.

Follow the trail around the landscape and meet some familiar characters along the way.

When: November 18 2023 – January 7 2024 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: Included with general admission/free for members.

Find out more here

Visiting Painshill Park this Christmas

A Christmas Lunch at Painshill

Enjoy a delicious and exquisite three-course Christmas lunch at Painshill over the festive season with your friends and family. Children are welcome – with their own two course menu. This wonderful lunch is only open to 30 people per day and you’ll be able to enjoy the Christmas decor, festive table pieces, and a Christmas cracker each too.

When: November 23 2023 – December 24 2023, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Cost: Non-member Adults £35 each, Member Adults £30 each, Children £12.50 each

Find out more here

Christmas Wreath Making Workshop – SOLD OUT

Sign up to make a Painshill inspired Christmas Wreath over the festive season which will brighten up your front door on dark days this winter. The two hour workshop will show you how to make a mossed wire base before adding foliage, berries and seedheads. You’ll create an evergreen wreath made from sustainably foraged and sourced materials found at Painshill, allowing you to take the beauty of the landscape home with you.

When: Thursday 30th November, Saturday 9th December and Saturday 16th December, 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2.00 – 4.00pm

Cost: £62.00 each, Painshill Member £57.00 each

Find out more here

Parent & Child Forest School Christmas Special

Painshill host forest school sessions throughout the year as well as this wonderful Christmas special. Parents and children will have so much fun playing together with festive games and exploring the wonderful winter woods. Make your own natural decorations from wood, pine cones and willow before cosying up round the campfire. Best suited for children aged 2-6, accompanying under 2’s go free.

When: Selected dates, December 11 2023 to December 20 2023. Morning or afternoon sessions available, 10.30am to 11.30am or 1pm to 2.30pm

Cost: £15 per child. Adults go free.

Find out more here

Wild Christmas Camp

A day camp for 8-11 year olds where they can get arty with natural crafts, making stocking fillers from wool, willow and wood. With tasty holiday treats cooked on the campfire and plenty of hot chocolate as well as walking in the winter wonderland of Painshill with plenty of Christmas games and outdoor activities.

When: December 18 2023 and December 19 2023, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cost: £40 per day

Find out more here

So, as you can see, there’s plenty to do at Painshill over the festive season. I know we’ll be back again before too long and we’re be visiting in the spring too. It’s so lovely seeing somewhere so beautiful literally transforn with the seasons. 

You can find out more about Painshill over on their website as well as all their upcoming events here. For reference, the Painshill address is: Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE

Visiting Painshill Park this Christmas


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. Painshill Park looks beautiful. We have decided to do the 1000 hours outside challenge again in 2024 so this would be a great day out! Will bookmark it for when we are down your way.

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